The Substance Abuse and Adherence Support (SAAS) mobile app
PI: Drs. Bach Tran and Carl Latkin.
We aim to prevent new HIV infections and improve efficiency of HIV-related services by targeting substance abusers who are on the cusp of risk behaviors and shown poorer compliance and HIV/AIDS treatment outcomes, and promote healthy behaviors and HIV-related services access and retention. Moreover, we support former and current abusers to adapt healthy behaviors and prevent relapses to substance use.
Our idea is to develop and pilot test a smartphone application, The Substance Abuse and Adherence Support (SAAS), that identifies substance abuse and HIV risk behaviors among users, quickly engage them with counselling and health care services, and synchronize with web-based and social media (e.g. Facebook) tools to disseminate critical health information. Not only will our platform identify at-risk abusers and connect them with information and care, but it will also be a low cost and sustainable tool to collect cohort data on at-risk population to inform geographical priority setting, strategies for controlling substance abuse and HIV related problems, and epidemiological estimation and projection practices regarding HIV.